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Japan Center, San Francisco

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The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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  • If you are missing a place to eat some authentic Japanese food, then this is the place. There is also an ice cream shop where there were at least 20 in the queue so it must be worth a visit. There is a bakery that calls itself A it did not work as Danish. This is not a real shopping center but most restaurants gathered under one roof.
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  • It is an area close to Post St. and Buchanan St., district of the Japanese community, interesting place to make contact with the Japanese community and good food and buy some souvenirs for anything expensive in two malls that are on each side.
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  • Well worth a visit, and the surroundings look very nice, just the usual Japanese themed shops and Japanese restaurants and even a 'Japanese mall' with anything Japanese, not big as the SF China town.  more »
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  • Beautiful clean mall with all things Japanese. The restaurants serve delicious food. Keep in mind that the center is two buildings. I almost left before seeing the rest of the center.
  • A great mall, with a very nice Daiso and Nijyia. They have many delicious restaurants and plenty of great shops from adorable Japanese sundries and collectibles, to plenty of Beauty Shops, including now multiple K-Beauty stores. Most importantly they have a large low priced parking garage, which is like finding a unicorn in San Francisco.
  • Definitely a spot that really embodies the spirit and style of Japan. It really was like stepping out of America and into a spot of Japan. The Japan centre is essentially a mix of shops and restaurants. A real otakus dream for merchandise. A place for beauty products from Asia. A place for authentic food and goodies.
  • It's an amazing cultural Hub where you're most likely to hear Japanese spoken aloud rather than any other language. The signs are all both in English and Japanese it's really cool
  • Lots of cool small stores and restaurants. Fun to wander and look around. Very mall like.

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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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